(Also Tug Hill Tourathon Cross-Country Ski Trail)
9,233-acre Winona State Forest, many miles of trails
Info: Snowiest place east of the Rockies, 250 inches of snow on average in the winter. This is a large state forest located in the Jefferson County towns of Lorraine and Ellisburg and the Oswego County Town of Boylston. Please be careful that you do not get lost on the trails. The Winona State Forest is located on the boundary of southern Jefferson County and northern Oswego County. It is east of Interstate Highway 81, west of Littlejohn Wildlife Management Area and is on the western edge of the Tug Hill Plateau (from the DEC website). Also known as Tourathon Ski Trails. There are cross-country skiing, mountain biking and fat biking, trail runs and many other events at this location throughout the year and many groomed trails in the winter. The Winona Forest Recreation Association does a great job at maintaining things and grooming of trails.
Directions/Location: From Route 81 take Mannsville exit 39, then County Route 90 East through Mannsville. Around 2.75 miles out of Mannsville, County Route 90 meets Dixon Road and turns to the right. This route bears left at the intersection with Wart Road and then right at Brown Road. The historical CCC camp is another mile down the road.
Alternate route: From Route 81 take exit 37 and go east through the village of Lacona to County Route 22, go northward at this intersection for about three-quarters of a mile to the Center Road, down Center Road about five and a half miles is parking area.
Also note – parking areas are at the intersections of Center and Wart Roads, at the intersections of Center and Bargy Roads, on the Dixon Road, and at the CCC camp (in front of the buildings).
Trail Distance: About 30 miles or so. For some info on individual trail info go to the DEC site or click this map of the forest.
Date/Time Open: ?
Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes
Cross-Country Skiing: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes.
Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.
Special Instructions: Horse-back riding also allowed.
For More Information: For maps, info, event calendar, and other resources see WinonaForest.com. To contact DEC – Official Site of the Winona State Forest and DEC site on the forest Also see the Jefferson County Soil & Conservation District’s website for a map here.